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Sun Aqua Vilu Reef, South Nilhandhe Atoll

  • Especially Romantic
  • Allows Children
  • Luxury resort
  • Pool
  • Diving / Watersports
  • Spa
  • Kid's Club

Our opinion»

Fact File»

Sun Aqua Vilu Reef is a luxurious island resort with one of the most amazing beaches that we have ever seen! Small and intimate with expansive white sand beaches fringed by a superb aquamarine house reef, this island is one of our favourites for couples and honeymooners. Sun Aqua Vilu Reef was named 'Indian Ocean's Leading Water Villa Resort' at the 2017 World Travel Awards.

The all-inclusive resort occupies Meedhuffushi Island in South Nilhande Atoll, 145 km south of Male Airport and reached by a 35 minute seaplane flight - a dedicated seaplane lounge at Male airport allows guests to relax or freshen up before the onward journey. 

Recently refurbished accommodation is split between 10 different villa categories, from a Beach Villa to the Presidential Suite. All villas offer laid back luxury either on the beach or over the lagoon, with brightly coloured fabrics and comfortable furnishings. 

With a range of complimentary and chargeable activities available, Sun Aqua Vilu Reef allows guests to have the tranquil castaway experience with the option to explore the water surrounding them. Complimentary activities include swimming pools, tennis, a children’s playground, fitness room, badminton and evening entertainment, while chargeable activities include catamaran sailing, diving, kite boarding, windsurfing, fishing and much more. The island's house reef is superb while stingrays can be seen from the beach. There is also a small spa which offers a range of Ayurvedic rituals, aromatherapy massages and other relaxing treatments.

Sun Aqua Vilu Reef offers guests a range of dining options from cocktails and snacks at the poolside Positive Energy, fresh grilled seafood and fish at The Well Done, fresh pizzas by the pool at Island Pizza and an international buffet at Aqua restaurant. For something special you can arrange for the resort to set up private dining for you – on the beach, a private island… the choice is yours. Stays at the resort are on an all-inclusive basis which includes all meals at Aqua Restaurant, while a "extreme" all-inclusive option is also available which includes additional benefits such as the option to dine at the other restaurants and either US$100 spa credit per day or up to 3 dives per week. 

Sun Aqua Vilu Reef is a quiet, relaxed resort with extremely friendly and attentive staff making it an ideal choice for those seeking a relaxing, value for money, Robinson Crusoe style beach holiday. Children are welcome and there is a kids club, with under 15's staying free of charge. 

Call us on 01752 880 880 to speak to our friendly travel specialists about this resort!

Our Opinion

Vilu Reef is a very pretty island that's well established, surrounded by palm fringed white sand beaches. The Beach Villas are located around the outside of the island and are shaped like conch shells which I really liked - I would definitely recommend the Sun Aqua Pool Villas if you can stretch to it as these are on the sunset side of the island offering stunning views from your private pool. I also liked the Aqua Villas with the overwater hammocks - the perfect place to relax and enjoy the view! 

I can highly recommend eating at The Well Done a la carte restaurant for a special treat - dining barefoot in the sand under the stars was a very special experience and the food was amazing.  The Nautilus Bar is another fantastic place to visit - I really enjoyed sitting here and watching the sting ray feeding which took place next to the main jetty.  The house reef is easily reached on the sunrise side of the island and offers great opportunities to see a myriad of marine life - during my visit we were even lucky enough to be joined by a pod of dolphins just out to sea which was a real highlight of my stay.  The spa is small but perfectly formed with an amazing array of treatments on offer, while the kids club is great. However despite being family friendly, I think the resort is perfect for honeymooners due to the island's size and boutique feel, lending itself to a romantic break. 

Read Karen's Maldives trip diary to find out more about this resort, or call us on 01752 880 880!

Fact File

Children: Children are welcome all year round. There is a kids club which is free of charge for children aged 2 - 11 years old, plus chargeable baby sitting and childcare. Water villas are not recommended for young children. 

Transfers: 35 minutes by seaplane (NB Luggage allowance strictly 20kg including 5kg hand luggage).

Complimentary Facilities: Use of snorkelling equipment and non-motorised water sports (2 hours per day for certain activities), swimming pools, fitness centre, volleyball, tennis, badminton, table tennis and darts. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the main public areas and in all villas. Access to the kids club is free of charge for children aged 2 - 11 years old.

Facilities Available at a Local Charge: Spa treatments, snorkelling, game fishing, dive centre, watersports including windsurfing and catamaran sailing.

Check In/Out: Guests are asked to check in from 14.00 and to check out 12.00.

Meal Arrangements: Stays at Sun Aqua Vilu Reef are on an all-inclusive basis comprising of a buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner at Aqua Restaurant plus afternoon tea. A range of unlimited drinks are offered throughout the day and night, including a choice of wine by the glass, beer, some spirits, soft drinks and some cocktails. Also included are a dolphin sunset cruise, a local island hopping excursion and a 15 minute neck and shoulder massage. An "extreme" all-inclusive package is also available which includes a range of additional benefits. 

Bars & Restaurants: Aqua Restaurant is the resort's main restaurant, offering an international buffet on a deck over the lagoon with a weekly Maldivian theme night. The Well Done is open for lunch and dinner, serving fresh fish and seafood on the beach. Island Pizza is found beside the pool and serves freshly-made pizzas and snacks throughout the day. Positive Energy is a pool bar where guests can enjoy snacks and beverages throughout the day, Nautilus occupies an over-water deck and serves drinks and finger food, while the Wine Cellar is an exclusive venue which is open every evening for food and wine pairings. 

There is an array of colourful villa accommodation either on the beachfront or on stilts above the lagoon, all with a private terrace and spacious bathroom. All of the air-conditioned villas feature free Wi-Fi, a minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, bottled drinking water (replenished daily), a safe, flat screen satellite TV, iron and ironing board and hair dryer. Bathrooms feature a rain shower and bathtub.

Beach Villa: These detached villas are set within landscaped gardens just a few steps from the beach and lagoon featuring a king size bed, a small dressing room, a partially open-air bathroom and a comfortable terrace with sun loungers. Maximum occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults + 2 children. (76sqm)

Deluxe Beach Villa: These are similar to the Beach Villas but with the addition of a wooden sundeck featuring a Maldivian-style swing. Maximum occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults + 2 children. (78sqm)

Jacuzzi Deluxe Beach Villa: These are similar to the Deluxe Beach Villas but with the addition of a private Jacuzzi bathtub in an enclosed open-air courtyard. Maximum occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults + 2 children. (76sqm)

Reef Villa: These water villas are built on stilts over the lagoon and have a sundeck with private Jacuzzi bathtub, sun loungers and direct access to lagoon. Other features include a king size bed, an enclosed bathroom. Maximum occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults + 1 child. (78sqm)

Deluxe Beach Villa with Pool: These are similar to the Deluxe Beach Villas but with the addition of a 30sqm private pool. Maximum occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults + 2 children. (108sqm)

Sunset Reef Villa: These are similar to the Reef Villas but with the extra advantage of sunset views from your deck. Maximum occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults + 1 child. (78sqm)

Sun Aqua Pool Villa: These are similar to the Deluxe Beach Villa with Pool but with the extra advantage of sunset views from the terrace. Maximum occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults + 2 children. (78sqm)

Aqua Villa: These are similar to the Reef Villas but with an extended sundeck with private plunge pool and a hammock suspended over the lagoon. Maximum occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults + 1 child. (90sqm)

Aqua Suite: These are similar to the Aqua Villas but are more spacious and feature a king size canopy bed and a separate living area. Maximum occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults + 1 child. (110sqm)

Grand Reef Suite: These suites are the height of luxury and are located at the northern tip of the resort. Suites feature a a private infinity pool with a Jacuzzi on a double-level wraparound deck, a glass walled living room, two king size bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, a well-stocked kitchenette and spacious dining room. Maximum occupancy: 6 adults or 4 adults + 2 children. (220sqm)


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